2022 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir

Ryan Beauregard's Coast Grade Vineyard is the jewel of Bonny Doon. Sitting at 1100' elevation just 4 miles from the open Pacific on Ben Lomond Mountain's unique marine sandstone bench, next to a limestone quarry, the terroir of this extremely cool-climate site is absolutely one-of-a-kind.  You can taste a clean, firmly-delineated minerality running tensely through the wine, which is complemented by vivid red fruit and softened by carefully-selected oak.

I'm very much enjoying this wine already, but am extremely excited about the potential for aging here. If you're a collector, this is one that I recommend buying two or more of.

I got my start in winemaking with Ryan Beauregard, and can't be more excited about partnering with him again by working with this vineyard. Coast Grade is a new staple in our Pinot lineup, one that you can enjoy for hopefully many years to come.

Some Geek Stuff:

  • Hand harvested at 23.5 brix.
  • Clones: Pommard, 115, 777.
  • 95% destemmed.
  • 14 day total cuvasion with a 3 day cold soak and 10% saignée.
  • Yeasts; Native, AMH.
  • Hand punchdowns 1-2x per day.  Pressed at 3 degrees brix and settled in tank before barrel down.
  • Aged sur lie 7 months with battonage 2x per month for 3 months. Racked and aged another 4 months prior to bottling.
  • 100% French oak, 30% new.  Coopers: Billon, TN Coopers, Montgillard.
  • pH 3.50. Alcohol 13.5%

Wine Advocate: 94 points
The 2022 Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard encapsulates Ben Lomond Mountain's clean, maritime nature, providing a beautiful alternative to the woody, redwood-driven scents of Pinot Noir from the Corralitos area. A charming, airy nose of pomegranate, strawberry leaf and orange rind leads to a succulent, suave palate chock-full of ripe berry flavors and ocean spray refreshment. With inviting streaks of oceanic, mineral flavors running through the finish, this is primed for near-term enjoyment but should further develop over the next decade. 

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